About Hugues Chatel
Hugues began his watchmaking studies at a historical watchmaking school in Besancon France. One of his student projects—a skeletonized pocket watch with reversed time indication, a particularly challenging assignment—won a prize in the Concoure des Metiers d'Art a France national competition. He subsequently studied at l'école d'horlogerie and microtechnique in La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland graduated with a diploma of horologist. Hugues completed an apprenticeship at the Musée international d'horlogerie, he specially worked on restoring antique watches and clocks. He truly enjoyed rebuilt a complete Marine Chronometer with detent escapement and other precision Marine regulator instruments. In 1984 Hugues traveled to the U. S. and landed his first job in Marine County to worked in a clock restoration workshop. Soon after he settled in Carmel and opened a watch retail business with many exclusive watch brands, in 1997 Chatel became one of the first Panerai official sales and service for North America. In 2018 Chatel ended the Panerai dealership and continues as an official Panerai authorized service center. Chatel is located in a quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a must visit for watch enthusiasts.